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Oct 31, 2012 4:00am PDT
the region and the power began going out in new york city, back up generators at one hospital failed. dr. jon lapook was there as personnel raced against time to save the sick. >> reporter: the dark halls of nyu medical center led to halls submerged under 12 feet of water. >> looks like a swimming pool. >> reporter: dr. robert grossman is the ceo of the hospital. >> we had failure of our primary power, secondary power, back up systems failed within 30 minutes. so we went from functioning perfectly to being completely out of power. >> reporter: it quickly became a race against time to evacuate 300 patients including 20 newborns from the neonatal intensive care unit. when i arrived shortly before midnight, ambulances were lined up waiting to transport patients to nearby hospitals. the doctor demonstrated how hospital personnel used plastic sleds to transport patients down dark narrow staircases. >> one, make sure that they got off of the floor. the other was who was the sickest? who could go down first. >> reporter: 31-year-old christine was in the intensive care unit with complications followi
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